Rendell: This Was “Not the Time” for Hillary Clinton to Run

The former Pennsylvania governor and chairman of the DNC Host Committee seems confused about 2008.


Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell said in an interview yesterday that this past election “was not the time” when his party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, should have run for president.

“Probably 2008 would’ve been a better time for her to run for president,” Rendell said.

Rendell, the chairman of the Philadelphia Host Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, made the comment on the Rich Zeoli show, broadcasted by 1210 WPHT Philadelphia radio.

The thing is? Clinton did run in 2008. And she lost. In the Democratic primary. To our current president.

So where was Rendell? Some are scratching their heads.

Rendell’s comment came after he took some time on the radio show to praise Republican president-elect Donald Trump for being a “great campaigner” despite the “negative things” he and others have said about him.

Though show host Zeoli didn’t mention the fact that Clinton did run in 2008, he at least followed up with another question that many are likely pondering: “So if it should not have been Hillary’s time,” Zeoli said, “then why did the party work so hard to give her the nomination?”

Rendell’s answer: “Because she was someone who had friends that were longtime friends and associates of the party, and there’s a great feeling,” he said. “There’s an emotional tie between a lot of Democrats around the country and Hillary Clinton. But you know, that doesn’t mean that she was the right candidate for a general election. And it would be interesting to think of how Bernie Sanders would’ve done.”

Interesting … indeed. Here’s what some have to say about the interview, which you can listen to here.

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